The Tiger’s Wife

In The Tiger’s Wife (Random House, March 8), the debut novel from 25-year-old wunderkind Téa Obreht, a young woman traces the stories that “run like secret rivers” through her grandfather’s life in order to uncover the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. Set in the post-war Balkans, where leftover land mines still kill teenagers and a funny accent is enough to designate an enemy, the novel depicts the region’s history of violence and the mythology that colors everyday life, while Obreht performs narrative pirouettes between her protagonist’s war-time adolescence, a man who cannot die, and the titular tale of a woman married to a tiger. More info at